Farmer’s group Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) advised livestock raisers in areas found positive of African Swine Fever (ASF) to avoid rearing pigs in the next four months.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed on Monday, Sept. 9, that 14 out of the 20 blood samples of hogs that died in the provinces of Rizal and Bulacan tested positive for ASF.
SINAG chairperson Rosendo So said that affected livestock raisers should focus on breeding other animals, including chicken, as part of measures to contain and eradicate ASF in the Philippines.
“Kung may programa ang DA, siguro iyon ang pwede natin i-alok doon sa area para at least hindi pareho doon sa alaga nila,” So said during DZRH’s ACS Balita.
“Yung area may mga manok pa nandoon. Yung may mga namatay na baboy pero yung manok wala naman nangyari, or mga other animals. Baka pwede natin i-introduce doon sa area muna na ibang kabuhayan,” he added.
DA Sec. William Dar already said that they have culled more than 7,000 pigs in the affected areas, and gave Php 3,000 financial assistance to affected farmers.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released a list of all Asian countries with confirmed ASF outbreak, which includes China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea, Laos and Myanmar.
ASF has no direct effect on humans but it is fatal to hogs.